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Leonids Meteor Shower
Date: 17 Nov 1999

Leonid meteors seen from 39,000 feet aboard an aircraft during the 1999 Leonids Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign.


Leonid meteor storms happen when Earth passes through clouds of dusty debris shed by comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle when it comes close to the sun every 33 years.


Last Update: 6 Jul 2011 (AMB)

Credit: NASA/ISAS/Shinsuke Abe and Hajime Yano




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